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Check Out These Horror Movies From Latin America To Get You In The Halloween Mood

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Every year when October rolls around, the traditional horror films such as “A Nightmare on Elm Street” and “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre” make the movie marathon rounds. This year, switch things up a little bit and screen some horror films from Mexico and South America.

1. “La maldición de la llorona”

La Llorona is one of the OG scary legends of Mexico folklore, so you know she had to get her shining moment on film at one point or another. In this 1963 Mexican horror film, a beautiful villain who likes to practice black magic tries to lure her niece into her mansion. The plot sounds like a creepier version of Snow White as they try to resurrect La Llorona. Sounds crazier than our Tia Rosita who has five dogs and cats in her house, but only by a little bit.

2. “Hasta el viento tiene miedo”

Literally translated as “Even the wind is afraid,” just the title of this Mexican horror film is enough to send chills up our spine. Think of it as our parents’ version of “Saw” or “The Conjuring.” The film is set at an all-girls boarding school and a ghost roams the halls, constantly sparking nightmares for one of the students.

3. “Cronos”

Before Guillermo del Toro become an Oscar winner and had racked up a roster of fantastical films, his 1993 horror drama film “Cronos” was the first feature film he directed. The film’s plot centered around an antique dealer who finds a mechanical object that injects him and allows him to become younger and stronger—but also gives him a thirst for blood. If you want to continue a del Toro-themed scary movie marathon, then follow up “Cronos” with “The Devil’s Backbone.”

4. “This Night I’ll Possess Your Corpse”

An example of Brazilian pornochanchada (a genre of sex comedy films made popular in the 1960s), “This Night I’ll Possess Your Corpse” was one far-out baby mama drama. The main protagonist impregnates women but first makes them go through trials of tortures and tarantulas because his spawn must be immune to fear. None of this makes sense to us either.

5. “Alucarda”

In this Mexican horror film, two orphan girls at a convent get possessed by a demonic force after bumping into a band of gypsies and opening a casket. The film has often been compared to “The Exorcist” because of the similar themes of being possessed and scenes of sacrilege.

6. “Veneno para las hadas”

As the name suggests, “Veneno para las hadas” (Poison for fairies) starts out innocently and then turns menacing. In this 1980s Mexican horror film, a young girl named Veronica believes in witchcraft and evil spirits and convinces a new girl at her school she is a witch and can make supernatural events occur. When both girls attend a family vacation together, the plot thickens with a blazing fire involved.

7. “La Tía Alejandra”

Alright kids, this is why you need to be respectful to your elders. In this Mexican horror film, an elderly lady comes to live with her nephew’s family and is mercilessly teased by the children. Little did they know she is an actual witch that practices witchcraft and some strange events soon start to happen in the house.


READ: If You’re Looking For A Scary Yet Woke Halloween Movie To Watch, This Indie Horror Filmmaker Has You Covered

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Here’s What You Need To Know About Guacardo, The Avocado In The Viral Jake Gyllenhaal Meme

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Here’s What You Need To Know About Guacardo, The Avocado In The Viral Jake Gyllenhaal Meme

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You’ve probably seen the viral photo of Guacardo just chilling with Jake Gyllenhaal. Low key, Gyllenhaal was just trying to be as cool as Guacardo, but that just isn’t possible. The avocado has spent a lot of time rubbing elbows with all kinds of people in Hollywood even meeting up with members of their squad in Japan and Great Britain. What can we say? Guacardo is someone everyone wants to know but here are the few special people to make it into their exclusive squad. It just gets kind of awkward when Guacardo gets starstruck around their friends.

Guacardo just couldn’t believe he got to sit on Arturo Castro’s lap.

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The star of “Alternatino” was all smile when he got to meet the most famous avocado in all the land. Who could ever resist squeezing this loveable and already iconic social media influencer?

They kind of lost it when they got to meet the one and only Aubrey Plaza.

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Like, same. Plaza has been giving people life for so long with her dry humor and wit that it is not surprising that Guacardo would faint when they met her. Don’t worry. It’s all cool now.

Of course, Guacardo had to prove that they are able to be a powerhouse Pokémon and Omar Chaparro approves.

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The fact that an avocado Pokémon does not exist is a travesty. Fortunately, Guacardo is here to feed all of those Pokémon dreams we had growing up as children. Plus, that pit would make a great attack.

One simply must dress the part when meeting iconic filmmaker Guillermo del Toro.

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Guacardo certainly dressed the part but was just a big a fangirl as any of us. Del Toro has created some of the most incredible and iconic movies and Guacardo just couldn’t believe his luck.

Jake Gyllenhaal was shook when he got a chance to meet the internet sensation.

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Gyllenhaal was so excited to meet Guacardo that he showed off his best Guacardo impression. Tbh, he totally nailed the look.

Safe to say that Karamo Brown and Guacardo both feel in love the day they met.

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It was as if Antoni Porowski walked into the room. Brown lit up when he was able to hold Guacarado. Porowski is always talking about avocados so it must like Brown is right at home.

Things got kind of personal between Guacardo and Maite Perroni.

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Guacardo’s butt is more iconic than J.Lo’s will ever be and it is a curse they have to live with. Perhaps Perroni just wanted some secret on how Guacarod get their but so perky?

Ryan Reynolds offered Guacardo the support they needed with their other half.

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Reynolds finally broke down why Guacardo is only half of an avocado. Legend has it that Guacardo split in two and their other half died, at least according to Reynolds.

Samuel L. Jackson gave Guacardo some lessons on being cool when they connected in London.

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Jackson is likely the coolest dude in Hollywood. He does his thing and never cares about what other people think. This mentality and way of life is now Guacardo’s go-to mood and it’s great to see them thriving.

Guacardo tried to shoot their shot to be the next Spider-Man.

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Good thing it didn’t totally work out. This whole Disney debacle has Guacardo devastated. How could a company be so mean to the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man?

Willam just couldn’t resist Guacardo’s delicious allure.

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We all know that Guacardo’s biggest fear are hispters. Why? Well, because they love their avocado toast. Any reference to Guacardo’s edibility understandably makes the avocado very uncomfortable.

Zendaya was living for Guacardo’s bubble butt.

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We get it. Guacardo has one of the most adorable butts in the land. If there is ever an award at the Oscars for best butt, we know who will win that category year after year.

And they struck a pose with Alaska 5000 at the Los Angeles DragCon because they are fierce.

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Werk it! Guacardo loves “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and meeting Alaska 5000 just might be the biggest highlight of his inexplicably long life.

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Guillermo Del Toro Just Got A Star On The Walk Of Fame And It’s What He Said In His Acceptance Speech That Made Mexico Proud

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Guillermo Del Toro Just Got A Star On The Walk Of Fame And It’s What He Said In His Acceptance Speech That Made Mexico Proud

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It’s easy to tell this story in one sentence: August 6 saw legendary Latino director Guillermo del Toro awarded with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. But, there’s so much more to this story than meets the eye. We did a deep dive to flesh out the man, the myth, and the legend that is Guillermo del Toro, and what got him to that point a few days ago, where he gave an iconic acceptance speech to a crowd of supporters.

The man.

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To start with: just who is this guy? October 9, 1964 saw Guillermo del Toro Gómez born in Guadalajara, Jelisco, Mexico. He clearly knew what he wanted to do with his life from a young age – when del Toro was eight years old he began tinkering with his father’s Super 8 camera, making short films featuring the murders of his mother and brothers, among other things. The years passed, and he eventually studied special effects and makeup under the tutelage of special-effects artist, Dick Smith.

Most likely these experiences influenced Guillermo del Toro’s interest in depicting horror and fantasy scenes in his work. And what is his work, you ask? Well, if you’ve been living under a rock you probably haven’t heard of films the likes of The Shape of WaterPacific RimPan’s LabrynthHellboy, or the Blade franchise. Okay but seriously, you should have heard of at least one of these movies, people.

The myth.

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Okay, it’s a bit of an exaggeration to use the term “myth”, but suffice to say that del Toro is one hell of a storyteller and just generally a massive contributor to the industry – after all, that’s what got him the star on Hollywood Boulevard. To put it in perspective, each year there are approximately 200 nominations submitted to the Hollywood Walk of Fame selection committee. In order to even be considered, nominees must have a minimum of five years experience in their industry, in addition to having a history of “charitable contributions.” In the end, only 20 to 24 people are actually awarded a star. If there’s anything that says Guillermo del Toro’s officially arrived, it’s his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Many took to social media to highlight just how much del Toro truly deserved this recognition.

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So what did Mr. del Toro do when giving his acceptance speech last Tuesday? He began with a simple “gracias”, and then commended another “great Mexican filmmaker, Issa López” for her talents. From the outset of his speech, del Toro foregrounded his Hispanic background, and showed support for his contemporaries. “I am Mexican … and I am an immigrant,” he said shortly afterwards. “Right now, we are in a moment of great fear … and great division. That’s why fear is used. It’s used to divide us. It’s used to tell us that we’re all different and we shouldn’t trust each other. And these lies make us easier to control, and make it easier to hate each other. But the antidote to that is to come together.” 

The legend.

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“As a Mexican, receiving this star is a gesture and no gesture right now can be banal or simple.” del Toro continued. “This is very important this is happening right now because I can tell to all of you, all immigrants from every nation, that you should believe in the possibilities and not the obstacles. Do not believe the lies they tell about us. Believe in the stories you have inside and believe that we all can make a difference and we all have stories to tell and we all can contribute to the art and the craft and the world in any way we see fit.”

Most were so happy to see him represent his Mexicanidad as he accepted his star on the Walk of Fame.

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And there you have it. What’s made Guillermo del Toro so legendary is not just his work, but his awareness around the power and influence of the media we consume – especially in an era where white supremacism has snaked its way into the community, and into politics. He knew that his award was not just for himself, but for the immigrant, Hispanic community. After all, representation matters! It shows people of color that they too are deserving of success and having their stories told. And it also reminds the wider community about the great contributions people of color and immigrants still do make in today’s America.